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Brees named AP offensive player of year

Updated: January 6, 2009, 2:31 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Drew Brees understood what breaking a record set by Dan Marino would mean to the New Orleans Saints.

So coming up 15 yards short was disappointing to the Saints quarterback, who on Tuesday was named The Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Brees threw for 5,069 yards, 15 fewer than Marino's 1984 mark and only the second time someone has eclipsed 5,000 yards passing in a season.

"The only reason I still even think about it is because ...

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